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post #16 of 24
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1. How much do you pay for your shoe shines?

2. How often do you get them done?

3. Where do you go? A local department store? Airport? Shoe shine guy on the street?

4. Do you ever shine them yourself? If so when and why?

Here are my replies:

1. $2.50 + $1.50 tip

2. Once/month per shoe if I find the time. Realistically more like every once/6 weeks. Almost always before an interview or a social event.

3. Nordstrom

4. Once in a while, but I'm awful at it so I only do it myself if they need touching up -- for the full service, I go to Nordstrom.
post #17 of 24
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10 euros

Does that come with a shot of bourbon while you wait?
post #18 of 24
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I've done up to 6 hours a pair, and even 10 hours over the course of a week when I was JROTC. Here's basically how it works:

Clean any dirt and dust off of the shoe, you want it to be as clean as possible.

Put a nice gob of spit in a can of kiwi polish or a splash of water to get the polish nice and gooey.

Rub the spit/water into the polish until you have a nice paste going on.

Take that paste and apply a nice thick layer to the shoe. This layer should be thick and hazy and look nasty. That's okay. The polish should be beginning to dry (works best if you heat up the polish a little bit) by the time you finish that coat.

Take a lighter or put the shoe over a stove, and run the flame along the shot so that the polish and the leather heat up. The pores in the leather will open and absorb the polish and you'll see while it's heating up, the polish liquifies and looks realy glossy
after hte whole shoe looks like that, take it away from the flame and let it cool, then buff it away with a soft cloth. That first coat should already look decent, but for that Patent Leather mirror finish, it takes a lot more.

After you finish that first coat, you take your cloth and apply small bits of polish to the shoe rubbing in dime size circles until the polish disappears within the shine. Gradually, the polish will become deeper and shinier, giving a better look than patent leather. Basically you just keep doing this over and over and over and over until the shoe looks the way you want it to, and that takes time.

There are several other methods, and I've tried most of them, but this seems to have been the best way to get a real deep and mirror shine.

That's how these boots here were done: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...rill_boots.JPG

It takes time, patience, and a lot of boredom to polish your shoes to that level. You don't really know how shiny they can get until you sit there for hours on end buffing and buffing away at the polish. That's what we were taught in JROTC and i apply the same methods to my dress shoes.

Note: The Guard at Buckingham Palace actually take blowtorches and sponges full of polish to their boots to really get a ridiculous glass-like gloss.

I would like to wear black dress shoes as shiny as those on the picture, but I definitely don't have so much time to spend on shoe shine, I already find time-consuming a more superficial shoe shine and ironing 5 shirts and 5 suits per week. It would be great to have someone ready to polish my shoes for hours, but I can't imagine how expensive it would be!

Do you also shine in the same way non-black dress shoes (i.e. brown, oxblood)?
post #19 of 24
You can shine any leather shoe that way, you just gotta make sure your polish matches. The best way is to do the thick heated base coat one day, and then over the course of a week, or even two weeks, just keep adding and adding and adding those very thin layers of polish. Do a little bit every day and the time will add up. Kudos on ironing your own shirts btw, I do the same. Dry cleaning is expensive for starving college students.
post #20 of 24
I do my own. I enjoy it.
post #21 of 24
50:50 DIY and the old guys outside Tokyo and Shimbashi station in Japan. 500 yen a pop (around $5). They'll even do pretty good on the spot repairs for things like heel taps. In NYC, one of the popular shoe repair stores near 57th and 5th.

I've only opted for a shine at the airports twice. Once at SF where it was excellent and more recently at JFK where it was terrible. Might as well have used one of those instant Kwik shines.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by tqd1 View Post

1. How much do you pay for your shoe shines?


2. How often do you get them done?


3. Where do you go? A local department store? Airport? Shoe shine guy on the street?


4. Do you ever shine them yourself? If so when and why?





Here are my replies:


1. $2.50 + $1.50 tip


2. Once/month per shoe if I find the time. Realistically more like every once/6 weeks. Almost always before an interview or a social event.


3. Nordstrom


4. Once in a while, but I'm awful at it so I only do it myself if they need touching up -- for the full service, I go to Nordstrom.

Nordstroms? Are they any good?
post #23 of 24
I shine them myself. Usually once a month I take a Sunday and go through the group I have in regular rotation. Speaking of which...
post #24 of 24
1. $0

2. Not necessarily a set interval of time between polishes, I polish them when they need polishing, be it after one wear or one hundred wears. I do brush them up and give them a quick wipe with a piece of nylon stocking before placing them in their drawer after each wear.

3. Into my basement.

4. Would never let anyone but myself, my brother or my father even get near my shoes with shoe polish. My father grew up wearing semi bespoke shoes made by a shoemaker in the town where he lived, and he was taught by his father how to keep them looking nice. He taught me and my brother how to do it in turn.
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